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July 27, 1970

The United States Pharmacopeia Its Value to the Professions

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From the United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc., Bethesda, Md.

JAMA. 1970;213(4):576-579. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170300024004

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is 150 years old this year. Founded by physicians, the USP is now produced by a consortium of the colleges and organizations of medicine and pharmacy. The USP directs its attention only to those drugs whose utility is most fully established, and its decisions are of value to all involved in the teaching and practice of medicine. Standards of pharmaceutical quality set by USP are enforced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Greater involvement by physicians is needed in setting the goals for each drug product for which special bioavailability standards are needed.